The People’s Republic of China has called for quick removal of sanctions which were imposed on Zimbabwe by Western countries chief among them, the USA, the UK and the European Union.
The Asian country’s position was revealed by its Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Wang Yi who is currently in Zimbabwe on a mission to strengthen relations of the two countries.
Speaking at a Press conference on Sunday after a meeting with his Zimbabwean counterpart, Minister Sibusiso Moyo, Mr Wang Yi said:
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The unilateral sanctions imposed by some countries and organisations on Zimbabwe have no basis in international law and they violate the legitimate development rights of Zimbabwe. China fully supports the just aspirations of Zimbabwe and African countries to quickly remove those sanctions on Zimbabwe.
His remarks echo those of the ZANU PF, Zimbabwean government and most African countries who are calling for the removal of the sanctions which were imposed on Zimbabwe on the turn of the millennium over alleged human rights violations during the fast track land reform programme.
Western countries, however, deny imposing sanctions on Zimbabwe but on individuals and their companies. Meanwhile, United Nations officials reject the idea that sanctions can be targeted.
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